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Old 29 November 2003, 18:17   #1
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With thanks

thanks to gary and his crew and also to graham for escorting me on my maiden voyage of "SMURF" Avon Searider although we didn't wonder far i realy enjoyed my self weather was foul but riding on top of the waves was an experence i now have some knolage of how smurf handles and thangs i have to do to get it up to scratch i sealed the hull with its bung and at one point i thought i was taking on water yet when the screw cap was removed about a galon of water came out ?
the radio i have which came with the rib is a usa one only recieved on chanel 12 gps needs setting up or checking and a new impellor wouldent go a miss
thanks again to fellow ribsters and i hope to meet you again (in better conditions)
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Old 30 November 2003, 10:37   #2
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A good day

Got new foul weather gear in the morning, lunch time hitch up the rib and off to the river Wyre with Barry and son then met Garry and crew near Fleetwood . Garrv says its calmer further out lets go {dont beleive wot he says}there were times when i lost sight of both Gary & Barry with the swell it was brillient Ive not been out in conditions like that before , then we headed back up river had a good run round , Got home had a chicken madras 6 cans off stella & a big fat cigar. Thats what I call a good birthday Thanks Barry & Garry
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Old 01 December 2003, 08:17   #3
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Glad you guys got out, looks like you had an interesting time. Any photo's or were you just hanging on?
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Old 01 December 2003, 08:43   #4
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hanging on for dear life . I couldent see half the time (must get one of these helmets with a visor) It was a brill few hours . my new foul weather gear works kept me warm and dry
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Old 01 December 2003, 09:29   #5
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December

Nice to see another couple of Guys from the N.W doing it when the weathers bad (not like those Southeners). Anyway you chaps, how about meeting up with us on the 28th December ? There will be at least 4 RIBS (if Phil Davies doesn't wimp out - again) and you'll be assured of a great crack.
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more fun in this weather sorry I cant make it im back in work boxin day . Im off 11th Jan so if your out then I might have a dive down
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Old 01 December 2003, 15:03   #7
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december

would like to join you boss (her indoors )permitting will need to check on times cos got to get back for the 29th sons 18th so iv'e got to go for a glass of coke with him
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Old 02 December 2003, 10:32   #8
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Hi folks

It was a good couple of hours, nice to see you all.
Given the conditions we was not sure if you would be out, just proved your as mad as the rest of us.

When you saw us coing out from the marina, that was our second time out.
Had kids onboard first time and they decided it was a bit too rough for them so we had just dropped them of.

Think it was a bit of baptism by fire for Barry, still most days after that will be easy

As far as helmets go, I want one now, and thats from somone sat behing a big console screen.

Well its was a "bit" rough , and honest it wasn't that rough first time we went out, even the kids didnt complain till later.

We will have to get some trips done, we have takled about Peil (of course) Whithaven/Maryport. trip round and up the Lune and the IOM. Only problem with this time of year is you plan it all the cant be sure of the weather on the day. Still worst case we can play in the river. Not forgetting some fishing (must get the best spots from Dave)

Would be nice crusing in company, safer as well.

Will be over this weekend, tides not good,so not going out, got a engine & leg service to do plus a prop swap, under pitched at present so not reaching max speed .

See you all soon

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Old 02 December 2003, 12:46   #9
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Xmas hols

I'm off for Xmas from Tue 23rd until New Year

It is definitely my intention to get the boat out on one (or more) of those beautiful winter days.....if it's nice we'll try and organise something.

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Old 02 December 2003, 17:10   #10
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Helmets

Talking of helmets i need to get me self one still washing salt and sand out of my eyes any ideas ccost and where from


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